Anderson Varejao Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Knee

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2012

The stellar play of center Anderson Varejao has been the lone bright spot in what has otherwise been a season to forget for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And now that bright spot has dimmed. 


UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:14 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Awful news for Cavaliers fans, as Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season, the team announced this morning.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao recently developed a blood clot (small right lower lung pulmonary embolism) and was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last Thursday (January 17th). He is being treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants) and is expected to stay at the Clinic for several days, while undergoing treatment and observation. He will need to remain on blood thinning medication for approximately three months. While Varejao is expected to fully recover, he will miss the remainder of the current Cavaliers season.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Anderson Varejao will miss the next two months after undergoing knee surgery according to Sports Illustrated NBA insider Chris Mannix via Twitter:

Tough news for Anderson Varejao, who will be out two months following knee surgery. Tough too for the dozen teams trying to trade for him

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) January 9, 2013


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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 9 at 11:20 a.m. ET

Awful news for Cavs fans as Anderson Varejao (knee) is expected to undergo surgery and miss 6-8 weeks, according to's staff.

Varejao will undergo surgery this Thursday (January 10th) at the Cleveland Clinic and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, January 8 at 4:46 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

The news from head coach Byron Scott regarding Varejao is far from optimistic (via the Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade):

Byron Scott not sure when to expect Varejao back at this point. "I'm still optimistic that he'll be able to play this year," he said. #Cavs

— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) January 8, 2013


It seemed as though Varejao, who has played at an All-Star level for the Cavs this season, was close to making his return, but this is an incredibly disheartening development.

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UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 10:16 a.m. ET

Great news for Cavs fans and fantasy owners as Anderson Varejao is expected to return to action on Wednesday, according to News-Herald's Bob Finnan.

Varejao is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday in Washington.

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Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, has missed the team's last two games after suffering a right knee contusion in a loss to the Toronto Raptors. According to Cavaliers radio broadcaster John Michael via Twitter, Varejao will not travel with the team for Saturday night's game against the Bucks in Milwaukee:

#Cavs INJURY UPDATE: Andy Varejao will NOT travel w the team to MILW & will not play tonight. Tyler Zeller will make his 3rd NBA start at C.

— John Michael (@CavsJMike) December 22, 2012


The 30-year-old Brazilian is averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland. He leads the team in field-goal percentage (.478) and is the team's second-leading scorer behind Kyrie Irving. 

Tyler Zeller, who will make his third career NBA start on Saturday, is averaging 7.6 points and five rebounds per game in just over 23 minutes per night. He is averaging 16 points and five rebounds per game over the course of his first two starts in place of the injured Varejao.

With Cleveland off to such a poor start this season, resting Varejao until he is 100 percent healthy is best move the team can make. 

The Cavs have dropped six straight heading into their Saturday night matchup with Central Division rival Milwaukee and are 5-23 through their first 28 games this season. Cleveland also boasts the second-worst winning percentage (.179) in the league, ahead of only the Washington Wizards

Keep it right here for the latest updates on Anderson Varejao as they become available. 


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